The Leica multifunctional handgrip M is currently in stock at B&H.
A silver Leica M 240 is currently in stock at the Leica Store Miami.
Is that a bottle opener on the side.
Nope, you have to use 500$ Leica multifunctional handgrip bottle penetrator module accessory for that … it attaches on a tripod mount and actually can open a bottle!
But takes away the tripod mount!
$895 for a handgrip INSANITY!!!!!!!
All they have to do is sell one and they are in the black.
For $895 a I’d rather buy Leica M2 AND a non-leica strap.
NON-LEICA strap!? Traitor.
Those of you laughing here must never had an idea about, for example, the 14409 Close-focus Adatper for the Macro-Elmar-M 90/4 lens.
It’s been decades for Leica selling absurdly priced accessories. It’s not like the world is ending with this one either…
Only in Leicaland a $60 accessory becomes $900.
Suits them well, though. If they’re stupid enough to pay a good lens $ amount for a basic accessory piece…let them have it. Leica isn’t stupid though, they thrive on this gullible crowd.
You are aware it has some electronics in it and it’s built to the same standard as the camera, so saying it’s worth $60 is as ridiculous as Leica saying $895.
To put it in perspective Leica charges over $100 for a neck strap so do you really expect them to sell this hand grip for $60? Methinks many people posting here just see “hand grip” and think that’s all it is.
But $895 is high even for Leica standards. I can’t imagine they’ll sell too many. I also wonder why it’s taken so long for them to come out.
Personally I won’t get it because it adds a lot of bulk and renders Leica M cases incompatible. I think a good case (which the Leica ones are) is as good or better for grip anyway.
It seems indeed that Leica is not expecting to sell a lot of them, thus the high pricing and apparent low production.
I fully agree about the cases. I use a half-case and its more than enough. A hand grip would be an over-kill for me.
Agreed. The half cases have fantastic grip and a great feel and I feel I can “manhandle” the camera much more than without.
So just because they overcharge for a neckstrap they should be allowed to overcharge for this?
Did I say that? I’m pretty sure I said $895 was ridiculous.
For those who think this handgrip is overpriced, actually it has more or less the same price ratio to the camera body as handgrips from other manufacturers. Here are some examples:
M240 MSRP: 6200EUR, Handgrip MSRP 750 EUR = 1/8th
Nikon D800 MSRP: 2900, Nikon MB-D12 MSRP: 379EUR = 1/8th (same ratio with street prices too)
Fuji X-E2 MSRP: 1200EUR, Fuji X-E1/2 handgrip MSRP: 90 EUR = 1/13th
The Fuji hand grip price ratio is the best but unlike the Nikon and Leica hand grips it doesn’t offer any extra functionality and it actually makes handling the camera worse than without a grip (in my experience)
Oops 1200 EUR is the price of the X-E2 + Kit lens. Body only the X-E2 costs about 900EUR. The grip costs 1/10th of the body.
so if I drive a Ferrari then I should pay $73/gallon for gas also? OK.
If you drive a Ferrari you won’t expect Toyota prices for the extras like air conditioning and navigation system.
Stop smoking weed LOL!
Completely disagree….the handgrip for my XPro1 is a huge improvement over the camera without. Aside from that…who cares about price ratios…$900 for a grip is insane.
“who cares about price ratios”
They demonstrate that Leica accessories are not more or less over-priced than accessories from other manufacturers IMO. I have no doubt that Leica, Nikon and other big name companies are getting at least 200-300% profit margin out of most of their accessories. But I don’t think that Leica are over-pricing their accessories more than other manufacturers do.
The final decision if one is willing to pay a toll for original accessories for the peace of mind or going with after-market alternatives is of course a personal one.
Most idiotic comment ever…
Bergen County Camera in Westwood, NJ currently has silver and black m240s in stock.
do you give a free strap with it?
Not even 900.
Is that a coffee mug or what?
Who care about leica in 2014 now?
Guys, let’s all calm down. There is nobody that’s excited to pay $895 for this grip. But unfortunately, if you have an M and you want things like a USB port (for tethering) or a PC sync (for using a pocket wizard while you have an EVF mounted on the shoe), then you need to pay the price for it. When you buy a $7,000 camera, you understand that accessories will (sadly) not cost you just pocket change. Ask a Bugatti Veyron owner how much it costs to replace their wheels. It’s the name of the game. But hell, if the grip helps somebody stabilize a heavier R lens on the camera body and get a shot without camera shake just once, then it is already worth the [steep] price of purchase. Simple as that.
TL;DR: Who cares? It’s just a silly accessory that like 0.000001% of people out there actually need or want.
Or…3 packets of sugru: ~$6. That stuff rocks for custom grips.
FYI: there is also a grip without the USB and GPS and that one costs around 250 euro’s…
Just to feed the Leica-is-overpriced folks whose posts are frequent and boring here’s some more fodder. The Ac adapter is over $300 and the finger loop is $160.
The other day I was looking at some Nikon lenses that I have owned in the past. They were quality lenses such as a Nikkor 35mm f2.8 that sold in the early 1970’s for $75 used. Today I saw this lens selling for $75.00 on ebay. A Leica lens that I purchased for $500 in 1990 sold on ebay for over $900 in 2013. The Nikkor is a good lens and keeps its value, the Leica is a great lens (build and optics) and increases in value.
The Nikkor is a great lens in the hands of a good photog; the Leica is the opposite in the hands of someone who’s eyes are constantly darting around at others looking at his camera than at the viewfinder while shooting.
would like to put this grip to the Hasselblad Special Titan
I could buy a Olympus OMD -em5 body for the price of this grip.INSANE
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